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NY Gov. Cuomo Withholds Comment On Corruption Trial

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo in Goshen, NY 09.22.11

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his first comments since the corruption trial of his top former aide began in federal court January 22, says he doesn’t think the proceedings will reflect badly on him.

Cuomo, in a conference call with reporters Friday, was asked to comment on testimony at the trial of former top aide Joe Percoco, where Cuomo’s current chief of staff testified that Percoco continued to periodically inhabit his office adjoining the governor’s during a time when Percoco was off the state payroll, managing Cuomo’s reelection campaign.

“We’re in the middle of a trial,” Cuomo said. “I think it would be highly inappropriate for me to provide commentary at this time.”

Cuomo was also asked whether he thinks the trial reflects poorly on him or his office. His one word answer - “no”.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of public radio stations in New York state. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.
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